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A New Angle on Brushing – 4 Tips to Make Your Oral Hygiene Routine More Effective


It’s such a mundane activity that it can be hard to imagine how to make it any spicier. You might equate an article like this with one entitled “7 Fancy Ways to Butter Toast” or “Find More Fulfillment in Vacuuming Your Home.”

Well, you’ll have to consult someone who actually knows their stuff when it comes to toast and vacuuming.

But dental experts across the country do know teeth and they feel it’s past time people got passionate about keeping their smiles healthy. That’s why your dentist or dental hygienist would be happy to help you put these tips into practice.  In addition to regular dental cleanings and exams, good oral hygiene can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and keep your smile healthy.

Back to Brush Bristle Basics

Say that three times fast.

If the bristles on your toothbrush are too hard, they won’t be flexible enough to scrub plaque out of tricky corners. Stiff bristles can also cause enamel wear and speed up gum recession.

Choose a toothbrush labeled “soft” and start from there.

  1. Take the Right Approach

Rather than assaulting your poor enamel with a 90° head-on attack, keep the brush tilted in towards your gum line. Give attention to both upper and lower, inner and outer gum lines.

  1. Easy Does It

Move the brush slowly with short “jiggles” against your gums instead of scrubbing them to death. Being thorough doesn’t mean being aggressive.

  1. Hit The 2-Minute Mark

Two minutes is the standard recommended time for brushing. Set a timer or play a song to brush along to for the duration. Two minutes every time ensures you’ll keep plaque buildup at bay.

Visit your dentist to learn more about creating an oral hygiene routine that’s perfect for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279


4 Signs You Could Be Brushing Incorrectly

Yes, the way you brush does matter! This isn’t just one of your dental hygienist’s pet-peeves. It’s something that has a big impact on your smile.

Here are four of the most common signs that something about your brushing technique just isn’t working for you.

  1. Abrasion to Your Teeth

Signs of horizontal wear on the tooth enamel usually indicate that someone has a heavy hand while brushing. Stiff scrub-brushing will erode enamel with time.

  1. Gum Recession

It’s not just your teeth that can suffer from aggressive brushing. Gums will probably respond sooner to the irritation by receding away from the teeth.

  1. Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Are you sick of that constant tartar growth on your lower front teeth?

Brushing there a little longer each day with the toothbrush properly angled could help you slow down the development of that unsightly, odorous buildup.

  1. Splayed Toothbrush Bristles

It’s normal for the bristles on a brush to wear down over time. They get bent and splayed and that usually means it’s time for a fresh toothbrush.

But if your brush bristles are splayed within just a couple of weeks, then that’s another sign that you’re brushing way too hard. You should be getting more mileage out of your brush than that!

What Can You Do?

Try out different kinds of toothbrushes. A powered toothbrush could even help ensure that you’re brushing with the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time.

Practice brushing during your dental checkup and cleaning. At your next dental visit, show your hygienist how you are brushing and you’ll get some valuable feedback.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559


How to Brush with Braces

Posted in Braces

Your braces represent a big investment in both time and budget. Sticking out the orthodontic treatment until the very end will get you some great results. You’ll definitely feel it was worth all that effort!

However, braces are also a big responsibility. If you don’t take good care of them and your teeth, you can wind up with some serious problems when they come off.

The way you brush your teeth can make a world of difference.

Take a Multi-Angled Approach

Once you get brackets and wires cemented onto your teeth, you’ve just gained three, that’s right, three completely new surfaces to brush.

Simply scrubbing straight across the front of the wire isn’t going to be enough. You also need to angle the bristles:

  • Towards the gumline of each tooth
  • Against the brackets facing down from the top of your mouth
  • Against the brackets facing up from your jaw

It’s important to remove plaque bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth, including your braces. If you don’t, these germs will eventually cause staining around the brackets that’ll still be there once your ortho comes off.

Pack Some Power into Brushing

To get a little more oomph in your brushing technique, try out a powered toothbrush. It’s also much easier to maneuver around multiple surfaces.

All the effort you put into caring for your braces will show once your treatment is done. You won’t have to worry about catching up on dental fillings or hiding unsightly stains. You’ll be free to live the good life – the one without braces!

Contact your dentist or orthodontist to get more tips on thoroughly brushing your braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
(405) 754-5941


How to Brush with Braces

Braces might not seem like a lot of fun while you’re wearing them, but the results make it worth the effort!

Why It’s Important

Your braces can do you just as much harm as good if you don’t keep them clean. The bacteria in dental plaque releases acids that cause tooth enamel to demineralize. The plaque that stays trapped around brackets and under wires will eventually create demineralized white “spots” on your teeth.

When the braces come off, you could have a “ring” image of where your brackets were!

Additionally, the plaque buildup can easily irritate gum tissue. The gums can become so inflamed and puffy that they look as if they’re growing over your braces.

Proper brushing to remove dental plaque will keep these problems at bay.

Technique Matters!

You need to keep in mind that your teeth are not one dimensional. There’s more that needs to be brushed than just the front part that shows in your smile. Plus, braces add a few extra surfaces to work around.

Short and rapid, yet gentle brush strokes are most effective. “Jiggling” the toothbrush bristles is ideal for loosening debris. When cleaning your teeth and braces, you should target the following areas by angling the brush:

  • Along the gum line
  • From above the brackets
  • From underneath the brackets
  • Directly over the brackets
  • Over all chewing surfaces

Spend at least 2 minutes brushing each time. When you’re in braces, you should ideally brush at least 3 times a day.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups. Your teeth still need examinations, cleanings, and x-rays even during orthodontic treatment.  At each visit, your dentist will give you recommendations for keeping your braces and teeth as healthy as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

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